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Season 1
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Season 1 of X Factor USA premiered on FOX on September 21, 2011 on Fox and ended on December 22, 2011 with singer Melanie Amaro winning.

The competition will be split into several stages: auditions, bootcamp, judges' houses and live shows.

Auditions for the show started in March 2011 and ended in June 2011.



* Original Soloists

Producer AuditionsEdit

Auditions for producers began in a variety of cities across the United States:

Audition city Date Audition venue
Los Angeles, California March 27, 2011 LA Sports Arena
Miami, Florida April 7, 2011 BankUnited Center
Newark, New Jersey April 14, 2011 Prudential Center
Seattle, Washington April 20, 2011 Key Arena
Chicago, Illinois April 27, 2011 Sears Centre
Dallas, Texas May 26, 2011 Dallas Convention Center

The Los Angeles March 27th audition reportedly broke the auditions record, with over 10,000 participants.

Judges AuditionsEdit

Audition city Closing date Closing date#2 Closing date#3
Honolulu, Hawaii April 8, 2011 May 8, 2011 May 15, 2011
Phoenix, Arizona April 8, 2011 May 8, 2011 May 15, 2011
Nashville, Tennessee April 9, 2011 May 8, 2011 May 15, 2011
Anchorage, Alaska April 12, 2011 May 8, 2011 May 15, 2011
Kansas City, Kansas April 15, 2011 May 8, 2011 May 15, 2011
Denver, Colorado April 16, 2011 May 8, 2011 May 15, 2011

These auditions individually occur simultaneously before both the judges and a live studio audience; and with such audience in attendance able to applaud/cheer approval or disapproval and perhaps influencing the judges.

Audition boothsEdit

Audition city Closing date Closing date#2 Closing date#3
Honolulu, Hawaii April 8, 2011 May 8, 2011 May 15, 2011
Phoenix, Arizona April 8, 2011 May 8, 2011 May 15, 2011
Nashville, Tennessee April 9, 2011 May 8, 2011 May 15, 2011
Anchorage, Alaska April 12, 2011 May 8, 2011 May 15, 2011
Kansas City, Kansas April 15, 2011 May 8, 2011 May 15, 2011
Denver, Colorado April 16, 2011 May 8, 2011 May 15, 2011

Originally scheduled to end on April 30, 2011, the booths' opening ended up being extended until May 8, 2011. According to the official site over 56,000 people have auditioned via this method. After it was announced that people auditioning through this method was in such high demand, the booths' opening ended up being extended until May 15, 2011.

Changes for season 2Edit

On January 9, 2012 Fox admitted that the show would undergo many changes for its second season. One of the big ones announced was on January 30, 2012 when it was revealed that host Steve Jones and judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger would all not be returning. Britney Spears and Demi Lovato joined Simon Cowell and LA Reid as judges and Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian became the two new Co-hosts. Also, this season, the contestants were ranked on how they voted, lowest at the bottom and highest at the top.

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